The frozen cyborg: A reply to Selinger and Engström

Andy Clark*

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Selinger and Engstrom, A moratorium on cyborgs: Computation, cognition and commerce, 2008 (this issue) urge upon us a moratorium on 'cyborg discourse'. But the argument underestimates the richness and complexity of our ongoing communal explorations. It leans on a somewhat outdated version of the machine metaphor (exemplified perhaps by a frozen 1970's Cyborg). The modern cyborg, informed by an evolving computational model of mind, can play a positive role in the critical discussions that Selinger and Engstrom seek.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-346
Number of pages4
JournalPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Computation
  • Cyborg
  • Mind


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